The Saint Louis University Prison Program will host an event in conjunction with the 2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week titled "Changing Lives, Enhancing Society." The event will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in room 253-A of Busch Student Center. All are welcome to attend.
The state of Missouri's incarcerated population is in excess of 30,000 people; typically 97 percent of these individuals return to the community. What is the SLU community doing to serve those who are incarcerated and the rest of the state? What can we do to promote pro-social behavior and self-efficacy for those who are incarcerated? How can we prevent men and women from returning to prison after they've been released?
The SLU Prison Program team — Julie O'Heir, Mary Gould, Devin Johnston and Karen Barney — will discuss what the program does and how it relates directly to the mission of Saint Louis University. The goal of the program is to have a meaningful exchange on what it means to be present to the incarcerated community, how high rates of incarceration affect the entire community and what the Prison Program provides to address these societal needs.
The SLU Prison Program provides educational opportunities to incarcerated men and prison staff at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. The program offers SLU courses to two cohorts of students (incarcerated men and prison staff) leading to an associate of arts degree, as well as non-credit arts programming. The Prison Arts and Education Program brings speakers and workshops to the facility, and the Prison Program is currently working to expand programming to the needs of inmates re-entering society.